While the inspiration for this blog came from ensuring that our family recipes live a long long time, I also want my family to be happy and healthy. Every day we make decisions about what food to eat. Being intentional with our choices allow us to be happy and healthy and enjoy life to the fullest. We are so fortunate to have multiple opportunities to decide what food to eat.
I believe in “clean eating.” It’s not a new concept. My grandparents ate clean. My grandparents were eating organic before eating organic was cool. They often ate fresh from their gardens, organic, no preservatives or added chemicals. …eating foods that are as close to their natural states as possible. My grandmother cooked from scratch. She lived to be 91 even though she fell into the trap of prepackaged and foods with added preservatives in the early 60’s. I still attribute her longevity and good health to the natural, home-grown, and locally-sourced foods of her childhood.
The best advice I can give my kids, and to everyone, is to cook at home as often as possible. You can eat better and healthier. And it’s more affordable. My son and his girlfriend have taken it a step further. They have an organic garden and raise chickens. Yes, right in the Santa Monica and Venice Beach area. As Allan says, “My son the chicken farmer.”
Clean eating is really a simple concept. It is not a diet. It is not black and white. Clean eating is about eating whole foods.
I’ve listed a few tips to get you started.
- Stay away from processed foods
- Eat more veggies
- LIMIT saturated fats
- Less sugar
- Less Salt
- Eat more whole grains
- Stay away from refined grains
- Eat more fruit
- Limit red meat
Eating clean is the new black.